A Girl On Fire

Jiu jitsu has been a huge part of Amanda Leve’s since she was just 11 years old. When her father and brother decided to start BJJ classes, Leve decided to tag along and watch their first class. As soon as she saw the flurry of activity on the mat, she […]


Imposter Syndrome

Well, you did it! You put your hand to the plow and didn’t look back. You got your ribs popped and your knuckles swollen, and you survived. You passed the tests, calmed your nerves, and although you’re exhausted, you earned your new belt!.  If you are like me, the first […]


Before You Quit 1

If you have been training in this sport for a while, grinding away at improvement, chances are you’ve felt burnt out from time to time. As much fun as this sport is, sometimes working so hard with such intensity can leave us feeling frustrated, tired, and thinking of quitting. If […]


Training While Chronically Ill 2

Training with a chronic illness can be a challenge, a challenge I am familiar with. I live with two chronic illnesses — endometriosis and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).  Both of these illnesses make training BJJ hard at times. Neither of them are curable. There are treatments that make both […]


Why Do Blue Belts Quit Jiu Jitsu?

  As I write this, I am an experienced purple belt making my way to brown. I highlight this to ensure that I am keenly aware that I have much to learn and that my thoughts and growth in the future may differ from present thoughts. Additionally, if you read […]


Hard Room vs. Working Room 

  When I started Jiu Jitsu, I thought there was one type of training: bump fists, try to kill each other until the round ends, repeat, limp home, repeat tomorrow.  Recently, however; I discovered that BJJ is actually a beautiful tapestry of  many types of training. There is slow, methodical […]


Tips for Keeping A Jiu Jitsu Journal 2

  My first journal was a yellow legal pad that I stole off my dad’s desk, which I wrote on with the Bic pen from my mom’s checkbook. I still remember her digging around in her purse for it a few days later when it was time to pay the […]


How Cross-Training Changed My Athletic Performance 1

When I was training BJJ, Muay Thai, and also boxing competitively, I never felt like there was time for cross-training. I was already at the gym six days a week. How could I possibly fit another workout into my day? My time as a competitive jiujiteira, Muay Thai fighter, and […]


Meet Your Moderator

If you are a girl in a gi, a female who does jiu jitsu, you’re missing out if you haven’t already join the Women’s Grappling Network group on Facebook. It is a group for women who train grappling arts to share thoughts, promote open mats, share tournament info, and support […]


Age Is An Attitude 2

  They say that age isn’t a number, but an attitude. If that’s the case, then Elaine Beiersdoerfer knows how to age well. At 72, and a grandmother of seven, this blue belt may be better known as the Jiu-Jitsu Grandma. Elaine started jiu jitsu at the age of 69. […]